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Diamond Solitaire (Peter Diamond #2)

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Fired from the police for insubordination, Peter Diamond is reduced to working as a security guard at Harrod's. There he finds an abandoned Japanese girl after the store closes. He must identify her in order to save her life.
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Soho Crime (first published 1992)
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I loved Lovesey's The Last Detective, which introduced the character Peter Diamond. This follow-up, while palpably more far-fetched, is even more entertaining. Fired (er, "resigned") from the cops, Diamond is reduced to working as a night security man at Harrods. One night the alarm goes off, and it's discovered an autistic Japanese toddler has been dumped in Diamond's area. Sacked for negligence, he decides to solve the mystery of where the little girl came from, a quest that takes him eventual
One of my all time favorite mysteries. The final scene has stayed with me for years.
I loved this dang thang. Diamond is such a curmudgeonly old pushover--what is it that reminds me of the best of men? I don't mind someone being impatient with the slowest among us, as long as they have a better idea. And Diamond always does. And not only that: he is kind, and well-meaning, and willing to put his mouth...well, where his mind [read:stomach] is, anyway. This is one mad-cap race around New York and Tokyo. His observations about NYC manners and cops are priceless, and sumo wrestlers ...more
1992, #2 Peter Diamond, ex-CID, London, NYC, Tokyo; professional as amateur sleuth.

When an autistic child is found hidden in Harrods, Diamond tries to find her family and winds up in an international brou-ha-ha that includes Mafiosi, pharmaceutical scams and coverups, arson, and murder, and a spectacular star turn by an enormous Sumo wrestler. More thriller than mystery, and extremely well-paced and solidly plotted, but somehow lacks heart. Diamond doesn’t seem “at home” in any of it, and his m
Peter Diamond has been fired from the police force and cannot even keep his job as a Harrod’s cop. A young Japanese girl is found hiding in the store during his watch and, since he has nothing better to do with his time, he becomes determined to discover her identity. This is not so easy since the girl is mute and tentatively diagnosed as autistic. When she is kidnapped and taken to New York, Diamond follows and gets to match wits with the NYPD as well as the criminals. Still on her trail, he en ...more
First Sentence: An alert shattered the silence in Harrods, a piercing, continuous note.

Ex-CID Peter Diamond missed seeing a small Japanese girl hiding in the furniture department of Harrods, resulting in his being fired. He can’t forget the girl, particularly after finding out she doesn’t speak, is being labeled autistic and no one has claimed her.

Japan’s top sumo wrestler offers unlimited funds to Diamond for finding the girl’s family, but she is kidnapped by a woman, later found murdered. Dia
It took me quite some time to settle in to this book and decide that I was going to continue reading it. It had been a number of years since I read the first Diamond mystery, and to my recollection, this one just seemed so different. Well, for one thing of course, he's no longer a cop, but a private security guard--and quickly becomes an ex-security guard when a small Japanese child is discovered after hours in the furniture department of the department store he was in charge of security for. Th ...more
Far fetched but frilling. I have rarely read such a compelling story when at times I wished I was watching a film as my eyes couldn't move fast enough through the words.

Really, by this point in the series, we still know very little about Peter Diamond. But we know enough to understand why a little girl who loses him his job should steal his heart and have him racing round the globe to protect her. For all the ludicrously implausible access Diamond gains almost wherever he goes, there seemed a lo
I thoroughly enjoyed this. Peter Diamond, ex-Chief Superintendent in New Scotland Yard, has been fired from his job as security guard in Harrods when he neglects to spot an autistic Japanese child hiding in his section. No one come forward to claim her and no one knows who she is. Diamond is moved by her plight and takes it upon himself to attempt to discover her identity. His investigation leads him into an international web of mystery, a murder, a run-in with the Mafia, and an auspicious relat ...more
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Peter Diamond, former police detective, while in Harrods, finds a Japanese child hiding in the furniture department. To learn the identity of the child and the reason she was abandoned, Diamond would have to follow the clues from London, to New York then to Tokyo.

Diamond Solitaire is a book you’d want to listen to on a quiet night. Simon Prebble’s storytelling made the characters come to life.
This is the second book in the Peter Diamond series. I really liked the first book in this series and that is why I picked this one up. This second outing in the series is very different from the first, Diamond is no longer a policeman, he begins the book as a Harrod’s department store security man, which he doesn’t last very long as once it is discovered that a small child has managed to breach security.

Losing the job at Harrod’s has left Diamond with time on his hand, intrigued by the fate of
Lovesey, Peter. DIAMOND SOLITAIRE. (1992). ****. I started out, years ago, reading Lovesey when his protagonist was Bertie, a detective in Victorian period London. His novels were witty and the stories were solid. He’s moved on to the modern day with his current protagonist, Peter Diamond, an ex-CID chief superintendant. Actually, he starts out, at least in the novel before this one, as a current Chief superintendant in the CID, but was fired. The previous novel, to which this is kind of a sequa ...more
Just plowing through these things; this one has Diamond chasing all over the world trying to track the family of a mute Japanese girl he found while on the job as a security guard at Harrod's. Diamond gets bankrolled by a Sumo wrestler, repaints a teacher's lounge a horrible tomato color, flies on the Concord and gets tossed in the Hudson river. Not necessarily in that order.

Meanwhile, a priest touches a woman's breasts, speeds off in guilt on his moped, stops by the side of the road to look at
Nov 12, 2014 Alison added it
well, it was fast moving and readable . nice ex copper main character clever, active, unusually good relationship with wife in the background. but although the plot about criminals involved with launching a new drug to solve Alzheimer's with hidden liver disease side effects is engaging, the involvement of exploration of autism ( early days of this being in public domain) and Sumo wrestling is a combination I never thought I would write!
Ex-everything-important Peter Diamond is such a lovable 'loser' that I enjoyed watching him manipulate, scheme, and outright lie to save a little Japanese girl who was found abandoned in Harrads. As improbable as the combination of autism,pharma fraud, murder, arson, and Sumo wrestlers on several continents might seem, it works for a rollicking good read.
Jessica Howard
One of the Peter Diamond mysteries, but different in that Diamond resigned from his Detective Superintendant position with the Bath police force at the end of the previous book, and has been working as a night watchman at Harrods. A small Asian girl, apparently autistic, is found abandoned at the store, and this sends Diamond off on a whirlwhind trip from London to New York and beyond in the attempt to discover the link between this small girl, a fire and a car accident in Italy, and the release ...more
Diane Heath
I am filling in gaps on the Peter Diamond series. This is the story of what happened after Peter left the police dept at end of book one. He has a job as security guard at Harrods when a small Japanese child is found abandoned there. Peter loses his job but it gives him the time necessary to investigate the child and how she came to be in London. Peter goes to New York and then later to Japan...
I am becoming a fan of the Peter Diamond series by Peter Lovesey. Diamond is such an old fashioned, British police detective for his 45 years of age (in this book x-detective), that I found myself lulled into thinking he was a bit of a buffoon. And that is the surprise... he turns out to be smarter than them all. I listen- ed to this book in audio format and thought the narrator did a fantastic job.
Deanna also on Leafmarks because I miss Marco
I love Peter Diamond. He is large, fat and loves his wife. He is an ex-police officer. He does home improvement badly. He is also intelligent and a master at solving crimes. He and his wife have no children. When he finds a little autistic girl abandoned in Harrods, he becomes her advocate. No one claims her. He spends time with her at her school trying to communicate with her. He becomes drawn to her. He searches for her family. When she is kidnapped he sets her to find her. His search takes hi ...more
Peter Diamond returns from "The Last Detective'' as an unemployed homicide detective. He and his wife have been forced to move from the lovely Bath to live in a shabby London apartment while Peter unhappily works as a security guard in Harrods Department Store. One night when the alarms go off, he discovers a young Japanese girl who will not speak. Peter is sacked for missing the breach in security. Concerned about the girl, who hasn't been claimed, he begins on his own to investigate who she is ...more
It's summer. In my neighborhood anyway, summer is when your brain melts. While I am no where near a beach, beach reading is high on my list right now, and the Peter Diamond series mysteries work just fine. This heavyweight detective lives in Bath (England) and as my son went to Bristol (and I did not) it has extra interest. These are classic mysteries, fairly clued, a comfortable, irascible hero, well written. The attraction is Peter Diamond's relationships, as his dislikes any superior on princ ...more
Neil Nathanson
Fun read. A little strange that the first few chapters are written from the point of view of various characters, but then remainder of the book is all from Diamond's point of view.
Lisa C
In addition to the mystery, we're treated to a well-researched look at the pharmaceutical industry -- particularly interesting to me due to family who've worked in the industry. I was also fascinated and a little horrified by the look at autism that had likely just started to be a discussion point at the time the book was written, but included none of the understanding of Asperger's syndrome or the autism spectrum. Still, my only real complaint was a clunky handling of the state of the child des ...more
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Really enjoyed how theses two stories came together. Like Mr. Lovesey' sense of humor.
Sandy Page
A very systematic way of following clues to solving a problem.
What does a little, autistic Japanese girl, a fire in Italy, a sumo wrestler, a man who commits suicide by jumping from a building in New York City have to do with each other? You'll find the answer to that question if you read DIAMOND SOLITAIRE: A Peter Diamond Mystery by Peter Lovesey. This is another of the early Peter Diamond mysteries and this one took a while to get into. Once everything was in place it was time to take vitamins because the story was off and running. Lots more good reading ...more
Another enjoyable Peter Diamond mystery. After The Last Detective, we now find Diamond living in London and working as a Harrods security guard. After finding a Japanese girl abandoned after hours in the shop, Diamond sets out to find her parents. The plot was slightly far fetched, and the story jumps from London to New York then Japan but it was interesting enough to keep me enthralled up until the end. A good solid read.
Mar 14, 2012 Kirsti rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jan McGill
3.5 stars. Globetrotting mystery with snappy dialogue. This book taught me some British slang--cack-handed, which means left-handed or awkward, and knocking shop, which means brothel.

I'll have to try some other books by the same author. How can I resist titles like The Detective Wore Silk Drawers, Wobble to Death, Abracadaver, Bertie and the Crime of Passion, and Do Not Exceed the Stated Dose?
This is the second in a series. I started at the beginning--and didn't love it. But I figured I'd try #2 and I think this is much better. Indeed, I'd recommend it to someone who likes mysteries. I don't really have a clear sense of the continuing character yet--Diamond, I mean. But what I do know I like and I will certainly read more. I think at some point they must settle down in settings, but I'm not sure.
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Peter (Harmer) Lovesey (born 1936 in Whitton, Middlesex) is a British writer of historical and contemporary crime novels and short stories. His best-known series characters are Sergeant Cribb, a Victorian-era police detective based in London, and Peter Diamond, a modern-day police detective in Bath. Lovesey's novels and stories mainly fall into the category of entertaining puzzlers in the "Golden ...more
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